Major cities of Northwestern Federal distric are: St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Arkhangelsk, Murmansk, Vologda, Karelia, Murmansk, and Pskov.
ST. PETERSBURG (former Leningrad) Population: more than 5 million people The number of travel agencies: about 700 in the St. Petersburg city, and 1 200 in total with suburbs.
St. Petersburg is the northern capital of Russia, located in 800 km from Moscow.
Almost each major tour operator in Russia has an office in St. Petersburg. Although, there is a large number of local tour operators who has big volume of tourists and office in Moscow. There are also some smaller tour operators (mainly focused on Scandinavia and Baltic countries) who are not presented on the Moscow travel market. The city has access to the Baltic Sea, which allows to organize a large number of ferry tours to the Baltic countries and Scandinavia.
The international Pulkovo airport daily serves thousands of people. Tours with departures from St. Petersburg are also booked by the inhabitants of neighboring cities, such as Arkhangelsk, Murmansk, Vologda, Karelia, Murmansk, Pskov, Vyborg, Kirov, and Vsevolozhsk. The populations of these town is ranging from 100 000 to 600 000 people.
The city hosts the following tourist exhibitions:
• «Leisure. World without Borders ", held in early April
• Inwetex-CIS Travel Market, held in early October
KALININGRAD (former Koenigsberg) Population: about 500 000 people in kaliningrad city, and 680 000 in total in the region. The number of travel agencies: more than 300 agencies (not more than 100 of them are actively working) Airport: Khrabrovo International Airport
Kaliningrad is the most western city of Russia, and the second largest, after St. Petersburg, the city of Northwestern Federal District. Uniqueness of Kaliningrad region is that it is separated from all sides of Russia. The city is located on the shore of the Baltic Sea and borders with such European countries as Poland and Lithuania. This geographic location minimizes interest of citizens to the tours to Europe, since via Poland they have easy almost to every major city of Europe. Therefore, tourists prefer to book beach holidays in the Mediterranean countries.
The most important cities of the region are: Svetlogorsk, Baltiysk, Zelenogradsk, Primorsk. The population of these cities is from 15 000 to 50 000 people; they are located at a distance of 20 to 70 km from Kaliningrad.
All the major operators in Russia have their branch offices here, with the exception of those tour operators who specialize only in Europe. The city has a large number of local tour operators who offer a huge variety of bus tours through Europe. In general, there are no major international tourist exhibitions or workshops. Therefore, the majority of Russian operators organize themselves large workshops and presentations.
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